England defender Kyle Walker undergoes surgery and could miss World Cup as Pep Guardiola insists he ‘doesn’t know’ if Man City star will recover from groin injury in time

    England and Manchester City defender Kyle Walker could miss the 2022 World Cup after undergoing surgery on a groin injury.

    The right-back was taken off during the 6-3 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

    Walker’s injury could rule him out of the World Cup

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    Walker’s injury could rule him out of the World Cup

    He was absent for City’s 5-0 win over FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday night and the club have now revealed Walker underwent surgery on Thursday morning.

    A statement from City read: “The surgery was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course.”

    Manager Pep Guardiola provided an update after the game and refused to give a timeline, with the World Cup starting next month.

    “It’s something abdominal and he will be a while out,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know [how long for]. I cannot say anything else.

    “Kyle will be out for a bit. We have to speak to the doctors. Hopefully he can get [back for the World Cup] like Kalvin [Phillips].

    “I know how important the World Cup is for the players but honestly I don’t know right now.”

    Walker is a guaranteed starter for England when fit

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    Walker is a guaranteed starter for England when fit

    Walker only returned from injury recently and played on the right of a back three for England during September’s international break.

    The 32-year-old is a big part of Gareth Southgate’s plans for Qatar 2022 and the news will concern the Three Lions manager.

    Even if Walker recovers in time for England’s opener against Iran on November 21, match fitness could be a problem.

    Southgate will name his 26-man squad on October 21 and Walker is likely to be included, before a late decision could be made on whether to replace the defender.

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